July 28 2011

Beautiful scenery for third Twilight Walk

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Gilda’s Club benefit of event  Visit scenic Grattan for an evening of entertainment including music by the Stroke Of MidnitE and memory and tribute flags for those affected by cancer. The walk takes place at the Grattan Raceway Thursday, August 4 with registration at 5 p.m. Organizers hope the evening of comraderie for a good cause will include residents sitting down with camp chairs to enjoy the music after walking the scenic two mile course. Described as a “heartwarming event,” the walk will include viewing memory and tribute flags and stylists will be available for those who wish to donate hair to Locks of Love in honor of loved ones. Hair should be eight inches long or longer. The Grattan Twilight Walk Cancer Walk Team hope donations to Gilda’s Club, a free cancer and grief support community of children, adults, families and loved ones, will make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer. For more information, visit online at GrattanTLCWalk.com.  

National Night Out Tuesday, August 2

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Celebrate an evening of fun and friendship with local law enforcement officers during National Night Out in Rockford, the seventh annual event for the town. Families are invited to come on down to downtown in this event which was designed nationally as a way for neighborhoods to “take back the night” from crime and criminals. It is a time to get to know your local law enforcement officers, enjoy fun activities. In Rockford’s National Night Out officers from the Michigan State Police, Kent County Sheriff Department and Rockford Police will be among the gathering. Last year the event included hotdogs and cake. Booths from the area’s many Neighborhood Watch organizations will be informative or entertaining. Rockford Ambulance will be on hand and the Michigan State Police K-9 unit is usually an attraction for youngsters. Law enforcement officers enjoy the chance to interact with the public in a positive way and build relationships with the community. Giveaways, such as stickers, fliers and safety material is usually a part of the event, which takes place each year the first Tuesday of August.

Golf event helps students succeed

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The Rotary Club of Rockford and the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids are hosting the 15th Annual STRIVE Golf Outing this year on August 15 to support the STRIVE Scholarship program. The program provides mentoring, life skills coaching and scholarships to at-risk students at Rockford, Creston and Ottawa Hills high schools. Local Rotary clubs are still actively seeking golfers and sponsors. The event begins with a 1 p.m. shotgun start at Blythefield Country Club. Hundreds of students have benefited from the Rotary STRIVE program, which provides mentoring to at-risk West Michigan students, as well as life skills coaching and scholarships. Rotarians are always looking for STRIVE mentors, who do not need to be Rotarians, but can be any adult with time to spend helping a young man or woman with life skills. To participate in the STRIVE golf outing, bring a foursome and play at this championship course. If you are not a golfer, join us for the evening dinner celebration and auctions to support Rockford’s STRIVE program. Registrations and sponsorships are available online at www.grrotary.org/Events/GolfTournament or call Ramona Hinton at (616) 866-1500 or Jenni Aiello at (616) 459-5640.  

MAIN STREET by Roger Allen, publisher

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The tenure fuss Tenure is a lifetime job guarantee much offered in academia. It is a benefit which must be earned by performance. It was designed to ensure freedom of thought. Tenure can be revoked for cause, but it is a valuable employment benefit sometimes offered in lieu of pay. Strangely, job guarantees are not available to any other occupation. Except for union contracts, we’re all pretty much on our own. Real security in life is not available to anyone. There are cutbacks, firings, business failures, and health failures. All can abruptly end jobs and the security we all desire. Lightning change Change is constant and lightning fast. New government in Tunisia and Egypt. Revolution in Syria and others. We are dropping phone lines and three billion cell phones are in use. General Motors and Chrysler went bankrupt. Credit cards are eliminating money. A whole world of information is available with a computer or iPhone. Much food comes pre-prepared and frozen. Clothes are all wash-and-wear. The services and products I grew up with are gone with the buggy-whip. Order in the Court A New York man was forced to take a day off from work to appear for a minor traffic summons. He grew increasingly restless as he waited hour after endless hour for his case to be heard. When his name was called late in the afternoon, he stood before the judge, only to hear that court would be adjourned for the next day and he would have to return the next day. “What for?” he snapped at the judge. His honor, equally irked by a tedious day and sharp query, roared, “Twenty dollars contempt of court. That’s why!” Then, noticing the man checking his wallet, the judge relented. “That’s all right. You don’t have to pay now.” The young man replied, “I’m just seeing if I have enough for two more words.” Vivid The stockbroker received notice from the IRS that he was being audited. He showed up at the appointed time and place with all his financial records, and then sat for what seemed like hours as the accountant pored over them. Finally the IRS agent looked up and commented, “You must have been a tremendous fan of Sir Arthur Doyle.” “Why […]

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